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POSTED: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 7:20pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 10:39pm

Same-sex marriages could begin next Wednesday in California...

A federal judge has ruled that same-sex marriages can resume next week in California.

The ruling also gives time for Proposition 8 supporters to appeal.

Most couples who plan a wedding know the date they'll marry, but
Jeff Zarillo and his partner Paul Katami still don't know when they'll say "I do".

"We're hopeful that we'll be able to get married and will be able to announce wedding plans as soon as possible," Zarrillo said after Thursday's ruling.

Zarrillo and Katami are one of two couples that sued to overturn Proposition 8.

Prop 8 opponents have been celebrating a victory on paper, but not in practice.

Last week Judge Vaughn Walker ruled the voter-passed Proposition 8 unconstitutional, then granted Prop 8 supporters a temporary stay of his landmark decision.

That put the brakes on any same-sex wedding vows.

Judge Walker lifted that stay on Thursday, but gave Prop 8 supporters time to appeal the decision.

That means same-sex couples will still wait to do what 18,000 other same-sex couples did in 2008, get hitched.

Like any good wedding planner, San Francisco City Hall has been preparing for this.

They say they're ready for the onslaught of couples applying for licenses.

The earliest any marriages can take place is Wednesday, August 18, at 5:00 p.m.